For some startups intellectual property is their main and the most valuable asset, and therefore it is extremely important to take care of their IP. Here are the 3 key things to think about to ensure you properly protect your IP and safeguard the value of your business: 1. Identify what IP you have and what you need to do protect it There are several types of intellectual property rights: · Copyright · Trade Marks…continue reading
In 2014, fashion brand Antonia Marras put nearly 50 looks on the runway during Milan Fashion Week. The theme for the collection was ‘the wolf and the moon’ and many of the pieces bore an image of a wolf which had been taken by photographer Daniel J. Cox. Marras never obtained permission from Cox to use the wolf image and Cox subsequently issued court proceedings in Italy for infringement of the copyright in the photograph.…continue reading
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has just issued their summary judgement in a case surrounding alleged copyright infringement of NBA players tattoos. As a brief summary, Solid Oak (the claimant) holds an exclusive copyright licence in the tattoos of some NBA players (LeBron James, Kenyon Martin and Eric Beldsoe to be exact) which it had acquired from the tattoo artist tattooed these players. Take Two Interactive Software Inc (“Take-two”)…continue reading
If you have been keeping track of our updates on this case here then you will know that at the end of last year, a federal jury found against Katy Perry for alleged copyright infringement in her song “Dark Horse” (the second biggest selling song for 2014). The case was brought by a Christian rapper called Marcus Gray in 2014 and alleged that Perry and her team had plagiarised his song “Joyful Noise” (Gray also…continue reading
I’m back again with another Classic Copyright Case, live and direct from my bedroom. I hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times and developing countless new hobbies out of desperation in order to cure the lockdown boredom. This week I have the pleasure of writing with more good news for the music industry. I am sure you are all familiar with the Katy Perry lawsuit which I have been covering – pure…continue reading
Will the current crisis bring about lasting change to the way in which we use Intellectual Property? We look at the areas where a little bit of altruism may go a long way. In a race against time to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus the traditional wisdom of how to manage intellectual property may change. Intellectual Property Rights are monopolistic and selfish creatures. They operate on the basis that to ensure innovation a…continue reading
Game show formats and reality TV shows like Love Island and Big Brother have been extremely popular not only in the UK, but also internationally. Format rights are therefore important both commercially and creatively, however, since a TV format is essentially an idea for a TV programme, it is difficult to protect it as copyright works (as copyright does not protect ideas). In the UK, TV format can potentially be subject to copyright protection as:…continue reading
I write with some fantastic news this week. You may be familiar with the Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven dispute which has been going on for longer than I care to remember. In case you don’t already know, all the way back in 2014 the rock band Spirit took legal action against the UK legends, claiming that the guitar introduction to Stairway to Heaven infringed their copyright in respect of their 1968 song Taurus. Have…continue reading
The High Court has recently set out a new test and some helpful guidance as to whether 3D objects are protected by copyright as works of artistic craftsmanship. The upshot of this decision is that it will now be easier for mass produced items, such as furniture, to be protected by copyright law as works of artistic craftsmanship. Historically for 3D objects to be protected by copyright, the object had to either qualify as a…continue reading
The Imperial Enterprise Lab is an impressive physical and intellectual space where student innovators and entrepreneurs are inspired to put their creative skills and abilities into practice with a view to solving technological, scientific, social and environmental problems. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lab a few weeks ago to meet some students and alumni (some of whom are at the early stages of their journeys, and some of whom are already…continue reading
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